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National Trails Day - Hike at the Old Reagan Ranch
National Trails Day® is a celebration of trails that evolved from the report of President Ronald Reagan's President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. In 1987, the report recommended that all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within fifteen minutes, be on trails that wind through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing steps. The recommendation, dubbed Trails for All Americans, became the impetus behind several public and private parties joining American Hiking Society in launching National Trails Day® in 1993. National Trails Day is always the first Saturday in June. In light of the history of NTD, this year we'll celebrate at the old Reagan Ranch Reagan Ranch [masked]), now part of Malibu Creek State Park, is a delight for hikers, who can enjoy the ranch's rolling meadowland and grand old oaks. Trails loop through the Reagan Ranch and connect with the main part of the state park. We'll use a combination of trails--Yearling, Deer Leg, Lookout, Crags Road and Cage Canyon--to explore Reagan Country and the heart of the park. We'll also be visiting the exterior set for the long-running television show M*A*S*H. The medic tents have been removed, but the location is still recognizable, providing a rich experience for hikers. Between the MASH set and the ranch we'll enjoy a short snack break at Century Lake. Part of the famous jump into the river by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Paul Newman & Robert Redford) was done by stuntmen at Century Lake because the river in Colorado seen in the film wasn’t deep enough to support such a high jump. On our return to the ranch we'll take a side trip to a scenic vista point at the top of Lake View Trail will It will provide us a beautiful view of Malibou Lake and the surrounding mountains. Reagan was the honorary mayor of Malibou Lake in 1953. Hike will be about 6.5 miles with 1,000 feet total ascent. Brings snacks and 2 qts water Directions: The Old Reagan Ranch parking lot is on the Southeast corner of Cornell Rd and Mullholland Hwy From the Ventura Freeway (US 101) in Agoura take the Kanan Road offramp and turn south. Follow Kanan, turn left on Cornell Way, bear right onto Cornell Road for a couple miles, cross Mulholland and turn left into Reagan Ranch. From PCH/Santa Monica turn right onto Malibu Canyon for 6.3 miles then turn left onto Mulholland Hwy. After 3.2 miles turn left onto Lake Vista Dr (Cornell Rd). Turn left into Reagan Ranch Parking I made a little graphic to help organize the parking. You can view it in the photo gallery here: http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/27015347/450673879/ Try to park as densely as possible around the dirt lot (parking is free) in a way to allow room for a center row. I believe curbside parking is OK on Lake Vista Dr if we need it -- I don't see any No Parking signs in Street View, and there is plenty of room on shoulders.

The Old Reagan Ranch

28830 Lake Vista Dr · Agoura Hills, CA

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Welcome to Hiking With Dean, the largest and most popular hiking group in the country and 2nd largest in the world (after Hong Kong Hiking Meetup)*

We meet regularly on the weekends for hikes mostly in and around the Santa Monica Mountains, between Pt Mugu to the west and Will Rogers State Park to the east. The Santa Susanas are another range we play in. Our group is known for doing these hikes a little differently than the hiking books describe them. So if you are tired of the same old hikes check out our versions!

I also provide hike reports so that you can review your adventures when you get home.

Once a month or so we'll leave our comfort zone and explore the trails of Orange County and Palos Verdes. During the Spring and Summer months I'll be leading evening and full moon hikes during the week (byob!).

Beginners are welcome to join the group and attend our easy and beginner hikes.

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Dean is a wonderful leader. He really paid attention to the needs of the group. He facilitated the group, but didn't control the group. I will attend again -- Kimmy

If Dean [one of the original SoCal Meetup-ers mind you] would ever write a book on hiking SoCal [as he rightfully should] it would be a must-buy. Dean is both knowledgeable and adventurous. Conscientious and kind. I would have no problem hiking with Dean anywhere. - Les

Dean is a great hike leader. He knows the trails. — Lydia

The group leader Dean is very conscious of all of us hikers as a group. We all get to trek at our own pace comfortably and still stay together.He's got an agenda planned with an extra twist on where we are going to hike. — elyse

Dean is an excellent group leader who knows the trails very well. He is always looking out for the welfare of his hikers. The group attracts some of the most pleasant people you can hope to meet. — Bruce

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